The entire exercise was done to allow the media to telecast it live and show people that no harm would arise from telecasting a Assembly session live.After being suspended from the Tamil Nadu Assembly for a week, the 80 DMK MLAs conducted a shadow Assembly inside the Tamil Nadu Secretariat complex as a means to protest their suspension and simultaneously to show how an Assembly should be conducted.
DMK’s Deputy Opposition Party leader, S Duraimurugan played the role of the Speaker to conduct the Shadow Assembly. Within themselves, they chose members to play the part of opposition leaders and opposition MLAs to conduct the one hour session.
The Shadow Assembly began twenty minutes late. Duraimurugan after the initial statement ordered the members to raise questions and the ministers to give a reply. The entire exercise was done to allow the media to telecast it live and show people that no harm would arise from telecasting a Assembly session live.
However, Stalin sternly told the MLAs to behave respectfully and warned those who crossed the line. DMK MLA J Anbazhagan, raised a question as to when ‘Amma’ canteen’s name would be changed to ‘Aaya’ (grandma) canteen. Speaker Duraimurugan immediately expunged the comment and told Anbazagan that he wouldn’t get a chance to speak after that.
Another member raised a question on the condition of Dengue fever in the state. A DMK MLA, pretending to be the Health Minister, got up and stated that spread of Dengue is under control and sarcastically added that he will initiate an inquiry under Amma’s order.
SESSION BECAME A MOCKERY
All they used was a speaker and a couple of hand held microphones to conduct the session. Surrounded by media who were telecast in the show live and also party cadres and Assembly guards, Duraimurugan finished the Assembly in an hour.
Though the motive was to conduct a perfect Assembly showing that DMK MLAs are well behaved, the session became a mockery after Speaker Duraimurugan started to imitate Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker Dhanapal.
Later speaking to the media, MK Stalin said that they had filed a case in High Court to revoke their suspension.